69 Tasting Notes

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I am not a huge chai fan but for a free sample I can’t complain. I actually liked this tea. It wasn’t anything special, mostly just easy drinking, not too overpowering, but nothing too memorable either. Wouldn’t buy it for sure, would I drink it again if offered – probably. I’ve had worse chai teas :P

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205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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I want to start by saying that I actually don’t like licorice, I got the sample of the tea and thought I’d give it a try. The tea smells very much like chamomile to me. It doesn’t actually have a licorice taste, but every time you take a sip there is like a 2 second distinct “feel” of licorice. You don’t so much taste or smell it, you just kinda feel it. Better experienced than explained. One thing that does turn me off quite a bit is the splenda aftertaste, it’s lingering for a good 30sec after a sip.

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200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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80
drank English Breakfast by Bigelow
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I am yet to have a “perfect” english breakfast, the concept itself calls for a uniform cuppa in my opinion. And that is exactly how I feel about this or any other English Breakfast blend I’ve tried. It’s good to sip on, it’s not worth thinking over. I tend to drink bagged teas at work where I need a nice beverage to help concentrate without needing to enjoy flavor too much. This tea delivers on all fronts. I’ve tried several of the Bigelow tea by this point and they are all rather stable. Good all around tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Darjeeling by Bigelow
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Darjeeling is something I am not very experienced in. Bagged darjeeling is sort of opposing idea as well, just like oolongs; it’s a premium tea in a generic format. The flavor of this one is generally good. I fail to find good grape/citrus notes but it delivers full force on the pleasant bitterness front. So much in fact that I find it a bit too strong to have on an empty stomach. It packs the punch and in no way can be described as mediocre or generic tea, the Darjeeling heritage is definitely there regardless of whether it’s very refined. For a bagged tea it’s a strong contender.

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195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Constant Comment by Bigelow
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It’s a little hard to rate the tea that has somewhat of a cult status, though I am not sure if teas can do that. I am usually very picky when it comes to anything “spiced” but this tea sure hits the balance just right. It’s a perfect any time of the day tea when you need to warm up from inside – hearty, soothing, rich. It’s complex enough to savour, so yea, it lives up to it’s cult status. Also, how can you hate on anything that has a cool coming to be story :P

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195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec
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Really enjoyed reading your review of our flagship tea….the story is pretty cool isn’t it?
Kathy for Bigelow Tea

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79
drank The Earl of Lemon by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea has a perfect lemon flavor, it tastes natural, the creaminess of the yougurt complements it perfectly and it has a fine balance between calm and refreshing brew. Some of the David’s teas are known for their more flavorful teas that make you question how much of natural stuff goes into them but this one feels just right. Due to the ingredients it’s not something I would drink often but it’s a great choice for when I feel citrusy.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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75

This is not a full leaf tea so it’d be unfair to review it as such. With that said, I find this “dust” tea to be of a great quality, it mixes well with Twining’s lady grey (75% to 25% ratio, less of LG) and goes well with milk (don’t have sugar in my tea, so can’t comment on that). It has a great flavor profile on it’s own as well. I find it to be an exceptional morning and even afternoon brew. Out of more common teas, this is surely a stand out one.

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195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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90

Very creamy, vanilla tasting oolong with a right amount of banana flavor. Real pieces of banana is a nice touch. A friend who isn’t too knowledgeable about tea enjoyed it a lot. I actually wanted to pick up milk oolong from DM, had a craving for it, but since they were out tried this and wasn’t disappointed. I can see myself enjoying this tea quite a lot, it’s subtle enough but still packs a good punch.

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205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Chocolate Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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It looks very muddy which makes it look rather weird but it has a nice light taste with certain creaminess to it. I can easily compare it to both cake and ice cream, but there is definitely a milk chocolatiness present. I was recommended to try it with milk, I’m yet to do that but I can definitely see how it would only increase the creaminess of the tea. As a person who usually is very picky about flavored tea I can see myself drinking this one once in a while. Would I stock up on it? No.

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205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Lady Grey by Twinings
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I was always a huge fan of teas but my tastes changed constantly. Lately I am on the path of discovering Chinese teas, but not limiting myself to that. I am, however, favoring straight teas at this point.

I love pu-erh, oolongs are always a treat, learning about greens is delicious, absolutely neutral towards rooibos or herbals and black is always a yes. Incidentally any combination of the above is ok in a blended tea, which I like to have time to time.

« The first cup kisses away my thirst,
and my loneliness is quelled by the second.
The third gives insight worthy of ancient scrolls,
and the fourth exiles my troubles.
My body becomes lighter with the fifth,
and the sixth sends word from immortals.
But the seventh—oh the seventh cup—
if I drink you, a wind will hurry my wings
toward the sacred island. »

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